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Hello, I am Jeff McLain and I want to say thank you for visiting my website. My journey has taken me from exploring spirituality and seeking adventure to encountering Jesus and eventually becoming a pastor—and I've truly embraced every step of this path. I grew up inspired by Jesus, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the California Raisins, and The Clash. In many ways, those influences continue to shape my perspective and define who I am today. I continue on a spiritual pilgrimage towards and with Jesus, with a long way to go, while marveling at the created and natural world around us, enjoying good music, and pushing back on the darkness around us. I am committed to pursuing a well-lived life, marked by spiritual sojourning, life-long learning, the power of story, and connecting with others. Most of all, in this stage of life, I am seeking to understand what it means to lead a quiet life at a slower pace while embracing simplicity and faith amidst a chaotic world and a church driven by excess. Photograph by Katie McLain.
Hello, I am Jeff McLain and I want to say thank you for visiting my website. My journey has taken me from exploring spirituality and seeking adventure to encountering Jesus and eventually becoming a pastor—and I've truly embraced every step of this path.

I grew up inspired by Jesus, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the California Raisins, and The Clash. In many ways, those influences continue to shape my perspective and define who I am today. I continue my spiritual pilgrimage towards and with Jesus, with a long way to go, while marveling at the natural world around us, enjoying good music, and pushing back on the darkness around us.

As an individual, I am committed to pursuing a well-lived life, marked by spiritual pilgrimage, life-long learning, the power of story, and connecting with others. In this stage of life, I am seeking to understand what it means to lead a quiet life at a slower pace while embracing simplicity and faith amidst a chaotic world and a church driven by excess.

Pursuing a well-lived life.

I work among those suffering from homelessness and poverty as the Director of Pastoral Ministries at Water Street Mission in Lancaster, PA. Also, I serve as the pastoral leader at River Corner Church, a growing church community of everyday people who gather to worship God, follow Jesus, and journey through life together.

For more than seventeen years, Katie and I have been happily married and made our home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Our love story began as we crossed paths in an East Coast diner, after Katie left the golden sunsets of Orange County, California, to attend college in Pennsylvania. These days we are busy raising three wonder-filled daughters. 

I am passionate about baseball, boardwalks, beaches, bays, and books, but nothing tops the joy of spending time with my family. We often explore the outdoors and open roads. Together, we journey to lead a quiet life, where faithfulness is cultivated by simplicity and a deliberate pace amidst the chaos of our fast-paced world.

A story marked by a spiritual sojourn.

My path to this point has been far from conventional. In my late teens and twenties, I embarked on a quest for meaning and purpose by way of adventure, immersing myself in concert promotions, activism, spiritual sojourns, and hitchhiking. These adventures had me crisscrossing the country several times, leaving me with a trove of stories and unique encounters with God that eventually brought me back to Jesus, Jesus’ cause, and Jesus’ church. The path I was on further shifted when I encountered the kindness and investment of a local and inconspicuous pastor who intentionally walked with me in some memorable and meaningful ways.

A Commitment to Lifelong Learning.

As someone committed to lifelong learning, I am finishing up a Master of Business Administration (concentrated in Executive Leadership) at City Vision University. I also completed both a Master’s of Arts in Theology and Ministry and a Master’s of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. Previously, I graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and an Associate Degree in Christian Ministry and Leadership from City Vision University, but my academic pursuits also include the accomplishment of several other academic and professional classes, programs, and learning communities.

Learning the Power of Story.

I believe there is power in knowing our story, reflecting on and understanding the profound narratives that connect, inspire, and shape our worldview. There is also power in knowing the scriptures, reflecting on and understanding the stories of God helps us to experience God and transform our perspectives and realities. The power of story is what fuels me as a blogger, teacher, and podcaster. I regularly share my insights and perspectives on my personal website and the Patheos blog, Lead a Quiet Life, but also the Discovering God Podcast and the River Corner Church Podcast. Additionally, I want to learn the stories of the world around us, and those in my life, because stories carry wisdom, evoke emotions, and bridge diverse experiences, allowing us to empathize, learn, and find common ground. I also want to be able to tell stories in a way that ignites the imagination, invokes transformation, and creates a shared understanding that transcends boundaries. 

Connecting for conversation

If you are interested in engaging in conversations, seeking speaking engagements, coaching services, or consulting with me, please do not hesitate to contact me via email. You can also connect with me through Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and/or YouTube.

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